West Columbia, SC– Offering students the option to learn 5 days in person from highly-trained teachers was a top priority for Leadership at East Point Academy when planning for the 20/21 school year. In a time when much was unknown, the school looked towards public health science and safety guidelines to create a learning environment that would promote academic rigor while still maintaining a sense of fun and community.
While East Point Academy has had a few cases of COVID-19, as of press time, no student nor staff member contracted the illness at school. Thus far, the school has been able to respond in ways that have stopped the spread and protected their students and staff. Nurse Marcia Blackwell credits the swift action, and honesty of parents as a key piece to the school’s ongoing success with 5-day instruction. “Our parents alert us right away of potential exposure, and keep kids home to monitor if they show symptoms. While we know this isn’t always convenient, it has been crucial in keeping our doors open.”
With a focus on health and safety, East Point Academy has implemented a series of changes including hand-washing stations, touchless water bottle stations, sanitizing kiosks, desks to facilitate physical distancing, mandatory masking, playground rotation, disinfecting machines, and additional protective gear for teachers and staff. They have been transparent protocols for quarantining, an avenue for rapid testing, and timely communication.
In reflecting on the school’s success, Head of School Mark Bounds said “Together we have navigated a very difficult environment, kept our students and staff safe, and continued our legacy of rigorous academics with a global focus.”
East Point Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2020/2021 school year. To learn more, visit www.eastpointsc.org.